Christopher Wesley is the founder of Marathon Youth Ministry Inc, a consulting company for youth ministers and churches. He is also the full time Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Cockeysville, MD where he oversees middle and high school youth ministry. Chris shares his experiences through this site and through his books Rebuilding Youth Ministry (Ave Maria Press 2015) and Rebuilding Confirmation (Ave Maria Press 2017).
With over 13 years of experience, Chris began his ministry as the Coordinator of Middle School Youth Ministry at Church of the Nativity in Timonium, MD. After 2 years he also took over the high school youth ministry, Confirmation preparation and young adult ministry at the parish.
In 2006 Chris started blogging and 10 years later turned this site into the youth ministry consulting company Marathon Youth Ministry, Inc. As a ministry consultant Chris helps youth workers and parishes reach their goals and grow in their leadership.
Chris is also a contributor on sites like Download Youth Ministry and is president of the board for the prison ministry Uncuffed Ministries.
He is married to his wife Kate and together they have two sons Matthew and Benjamin. In his spare time Chris runs, cooks and explores the outdoors. You can also follow Chris on Twitter and Instagram @chrisrwesley or join the MYM community on Facebook Page.

A Little More About Me:

I graduated from Xavier University with a BA in Communications: Electronic Media. I moved to Baltimore after college where I served as a Jesuit Volunteer for a year. During that time, I was a case manager at Chase Brexton, a health care facility located in the heart of Baltimore. After my year of volunteering I felt God’s calling, although not entirely sure of it, into Student Ministry.

In the summer after my year of volunteering, I was hired by Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland as a Middle School Youth Minister. Over the next 12 years I oversaw grades 6-12 and young adults (18-29) as the Director of Student Ministry.

Today, I’m building Marathon Youth Ministry to be a resource for parishes and youth ministers.  Marathon Youth Ministry was created to help youth ministers find the tools they need to lead a long lasting ministry.  It’s also set on helping parishes discover the right youth ministry for their community.  If you would like to partner please contact me HERE.

While I spend most of my time with Marathon Youth Ministry you can also find me on Download Youth Ministry. I’ve also been published in Group Magazine (July/Aug 2012 edition) and the Immerse Journal (Going Deeper With Doug Pagitts 575 Weeks).  As I mentioned I’m the author of Rebuilding Youth Ministry and in January of 2017 my next book Rebuilding Confirmation will be released.

I have been married for over 9 years to my beautiful wife Kate, and together we have two awesome boys Matthew and Benjamin. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, working outside in the yard, hiking, and most especially running.